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Marion Maxwell Fitzgerald

July 28, 1935 - May 15, 2023

Marion Maxwell Fitzgerald, also known as Fitz, Mern, Daddy, and Papa, was born on July 28, 1935 at UVA hospital in Charlottesville to Willis Ruggles Fitzgerald Sr. and Pearl Minnie Moyer. He, along with his two older siblings, Shirley “Kat” and Willis grew up in Nelson county. As a teen, Fitz moved to Lynchburg and worked at mead Corporation, later Rock Ten, for 45 years as a field forklift operator. In 1956, he married Joyce Sweeney and they had four children, Mickey, Rickey (Terrell) John (Cindy), and Katherine (Dean). They Divorced in 1977 after 21 years of marriage. In 1987, he married Elnora Glover, and they lived in Madison Heights until her death in 2016. Fits loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He had deep affection for animals and was the happiest when his beloved “baby cat” was by his side. She was his constant companion and best friend. Fitz was kind and generous to a fault and loved the Lord. His daughter Katherine and son in law, Dean, lovingly cared for him at home through his illness. His legacy will be carried on by his four children and eight grandchildren, Brett (Rachel), Chase, Scott, Jenna, Bess, James, Nellie, and Nicholas. A celebration of life service will be held at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg on Thurs. May 18, 2023 at 1P.M. Special thanks to his dedicated caregivers, Melissa Kerned and Henry Rucker. The family will be forever grateful for their loving care of their beloved pop. The family would also like to thank Dr. Andrew Pieleck and the staff of Access Healthcare, along with the care team at Centra Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Amherst County Animal Shelter.



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Mickey & Pipes, I’m very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your families

Posted by John Babb on May 25, 2023

I am so sorry for your loss John Fitz& family . I was very blessed to meet your father ! You keep shinning I on your dad traditions for family ! Condolences to the Fitzgerald family !

Posted by LoreDana fitzpatrick on May 24, 2023

Fitz was a big brother to me. He married my sister when I was 6 years old., it was five of us, and he was something of a hero for me and four siblings. He was there for us many times. My girls loved him so much and he was their uncle’, my husband Barry was very close to Fitz, and they went hunting all the time’. We will miss you and love him so much.

Posted by Kitty wood on May 17, 2023

So sorry for your loss. Marion was my first cousin ..

Posted by Linda HRlow Baird on May 17, 2023

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